Monday, September 8, 2008

Next of Kin Database - State of Ohio Residents

Ohio has a new way to help notify family members more quickly whenever there's an accident or other emergency involving a loved one. Ohio launched one of the nation's first statewide next-of-kin information, and residents may start providing the names of people who should be contacted.

In the Next of Kin database, you can enter the names of two people emergency officials should contact in case of emergency. They can be family members, friends, or relatives. For children under the age of 18, names of a parent or guardian need to be entered. The information will be entered into a secure database accessible only by the BMV and law enforcement in case of a serious injury.

The registry is voluntary. Anyone with an Ohio driver license or state identification card may submit their emergency contact information either at a Bureau of Motor Vehicles office or online.

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